There's been a shift in focus on locations of poverty. In the 1930s, many of FDR's movements focused on the devastating rural poverty. The end of the 20th century was flanked by urban poverty, as much of cities' wealth decamped for the suburbs.
A new Brookings Institution report finds that poverty affects every single Congressional district, and suburban ones are a particular concern, says Elizabeth Kneebone, a fellow at Brookings.
Her main findings are that Democratic districts have a deeper poverty problem, while Republican districts have more people in poverty. Both situations are getting worse.
“The numbers really underscore how cross-cutting an issue poverty is—it’s not just a red or a blue issue or an inner-city or suburban issue.” Kneebone says. “Popular perceptions just have not kept up with the shifting and broadening geography of poverty.”